FORT MYERS, Fla. - A survey of employers across the nation ranks the Fort Myers-Cape Coral area as the weakest place in the nation to find a job this Summer. It sounds bad, but those behind the survey say that's not necessarily true.
The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey asked 150 local businesses if they plan to hire or fire more employees between July and September, or maintain current staff. 13% plan to increase staff, another 13% plan to cut, while 74% plan to maintain current levels. The results gave Fort Myers-Cape Coral a 0% Net Employment Outlook.
Michelle Potts is the Managing Director of Experis, ManpowerGroup's professional services division specializing in IT, Engineering and Finance. She said the 0% means there is no increase in growth, but it also means no decline. "We had a very high percentage of growth for the market in the 4th quarter of 2012 and the 1st quarter of 2013," Potts said, "and now to go into a very stable quarter, I think that is a very positive sign."
"Based on past trends in the Cape Coral market, it's likely you are going to see a stronger picture in the 4th quarter of this year," Potts said.
Two other Florida cities were 2nd and 3rd weakest: Tampa-St.-Pete-Clearwater and Lakeland-Winter Haven. Des moines, Iowa ranked strongest.
It will be important to consider all four quarters. The ADP Regional Employment Report, released Wednesday, said Florida added 17,440 private sector jobs in May.